School Officials Consider Trimming Some Athletic Travelling

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Do you think you're paying a lot at the pump?

It's even worse for those who have to fill up with diesel, which is a lot more expensive right now.

It's what school buses run on and school administrators are scratching their heads trying to figure out where they can cut costs.

Pretty soon you'll see many buses back on the roads and they’ll be hauling students all over eastern Kentucky for games and field trips.

Just getting kids back and forth to school costs more this year.

“Simply because parents are going to say that they don't have the money to haul you to school when the bus goes right by here,” Walter Hulett said.

Knox County Superintendent Walter Hulett says with transportation costs soaring hundreds of thousands of dollars higher than they projected just two years ago.

All school systems seem to be getting it by the higher gas prices.

“Budgeting for fuel is a real nightmare right now because you have no idea what it's going to be three months from now, two months from now, or 12 months from now,” Darryl Wilder said.

They can't do much to change transports to and from students' homes.

So school administrators are looking at other areas.

With sports, most of the varsity games are set with rigid contracts.

“We’re looking mainly at freshman and JV games. You have more control over those within a 30 - 40 mile radius. How many teams can we participate with that offer the same sports we do and there's a pretty good number,” Hulett said.

Middleboro Independent's Superintendent is looking at the numbers and trying to figure out how to save.

“Not mandatory restrictions, but awareness with our coaches & principals. We're asking them to help us to eliminate waste,” Wilder said.

Because in the battle against rising gas prices It's a game they want to win.

Middlesboro Independent School officials are actually meeting this coming Tuesday to go through the numbers to figure out specific ways they can cut costs.


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  • by Gpebel Location: Lexington on Aug 1, 2008 at 06:49 PM
    Apply for foreign aid. problem solved
  • by MIKE on Aug 1, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    tHIS LONG OVERDUE.
  • by Me1 Location: Ky on Aug 1, 2008 at 05:29 AM
    It's about time. I am all for students having the opportunity to be active in sports. But I think many times unnecessary travel takes place. With gas prices the way they are cuts need made everywhere possible. This is the only way to force them back down.Also I think the governor needs to travel less and by car instead of chopper when he gets out and about.He's no better than the rest of us!!!
  • by Bill on Aug 1, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    Sports in school has all ways been a waste of money.But now are drain on the education of our childern.Do away with all sports, teach kids what they really need to know.
  • by David Location: LEX on Jul 31, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    Why not make it the boosters resposiblity for transportation costs. Then the school dont have to pay the funds.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 31, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    Or...they could trim athletic PROGRAMS, since, the last time I heard, schools are for EDUCATION.

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